Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2022
- WHEN: May - September 2022
- TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- FEE: $1995 for the entire 4 sessions when purchased as a complete apprenticeship program or $575 per session when purchased separately. That’s a discount of $305! The benefits of participating in the complete program are multifold, however students may wish to attend only one or two sessions. See registration form below for more info.
- INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne M. Tabert
- SETTING: In-Person
- LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID (details & directions provided after enrollment)
May 19th and 26th
June 2nd and 9th
Early Summer Session:
June 23rd and 30th
July 7th and 14th
Mid Summer Session:
August 4th, 11th & 18th
September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
The herbal apprenticeship program here in Sandpoint is for those who have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices.
Take a deep dive into herbal self-reliant autonomy! The road to becoming a competent herbalist is long but the payoff is huge in terms of independent health and wellness for you and your family. Take the time to dive in deeply to reap the many life changing benefits!
Vital Course Educational Objectives
Our apprenticeship program is primarily a skills-based harvesting adventure, hence, the principal goal is for the students to develop the ability and skills to identify plants through organoleptic identification, strong plant stewardship and creating herbal remedies for home or business.
By completion of the program, students will have the confidence to:
- Identify medicinal plants native and non-native to the North Idaho using botanical Latin and common terms with standard botanical identification methods.
- Distinguish the medicinal uses of plant species both native and non-native in the wild and garden. Materia medica
- Participate in legal and sustainable plant harvesting and processing.
- Gain an understanding of phytochemistry and chemical makeup, actions, and needs of constituents or groups of constituents to give the medicine maker a clear view on pairing them with the correct mentrua. Previous chemistry is not required.
- Using critical thinking, design and create a wide variety of highly-effective herbal remedies by recognizing the formulas plants create when living in community with each other and knowing when to harvest for optimum strength.
- Discern appropriate applications and dosing for the remedies and contraindications.
- Understand the basics of anatomy and physiology and how plants act on/in the body.
- Delve into creating and maintaining an herb garden for high medicinal yields. Students may take home plants from the CMHS medicinal herb garden.
- Gain an understanding of “getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.”
Forage a profoundly life changing relationship with nature and become a part of the community that you’re so welcome in. Our knowledge of plants and their medicines is based on a deep relationship to the land, place and home. We welcome working with you on your herbal adventure!
Each sessions’ weeks bring unique lessons. Students will be engaged in an array of holistic botanical experiences that will take them deeper into the practice of herbalism. Students must make the commitment to be available and present each week.
- Field trips
- Wild and garden plant harvests
- Hydrosol distillation
- Medicine making
- Flower remedies
- Botanical skin care
- Herbal crafting projects
- Food as medicine
- Herbal support for body systems
- Holistic healing practices
The apprenticeship I did with Suzanne was transformative. I went in thinking I’d learn a lot about plants and I did but more than that I walked away with a new community & a new path to my healing journey. The time we shared in the woods foraging and making medicine was its own kind of therapy. While learning about constituents amongst the vastness of the woods or on a trail identifying plants, I found myself finding parts of myself that I had lost. It was a homecoming through nature, community, shared stories & love. It changed my life. Suzanne’s knowledge of plants & medicine is a treasure and she has created an apprenticeship program that conveys that. It’s a journey like no other, take the plunge!! -Meridith S. (Sandpoint, ID)
Upon registration, apprentices will be required to create a student profile. That is the only place where valuable course info is posted including weekly lessons, what to bring, where to meet, important announcements. Supplies needed to acquire in order to successfully harvest plants and make effective herbal remedies are listed for the student to start gathering the books, tools, and supplies needed in plenty of time before the program begins.
Every apprentice must procure copies of the following before the start of the program:
Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest. Central WA and Idaho plant guide